The cost structure, rules and guidelines vary significantly among Assisted Living Facilities so it’s important to ask lots of questions before selecting one and signing a contract. It is also important to understand that your needs will typically increase with age, so be sure to ask about additional costs for services such as bathing, dressing, medication management, incontinence care and dementia care, as well as the facility’s guidelines regarding your ability to remain there if your needs change.
Some facilities are better equipped to help you through the continuum of care as you age, however in others, if your skills decline further, you may be forced to move out and find yet another home. This means leaving behind newly made friends, researching more places again, and packing and moving all over again.
Even the facilities that are better-equipped to help with changing needs tend to have separate areas for the different levels of care, which means at the very least you will need to move between apartments within the facility as your needs change. Packing and moving many times over the upcoming years is surely not what you have in mind as your setting off to pick a new home– so be very careful and pick wisely.
Here are a few fundamental questions to ask an Assisted Living Facility:
You can tell a lot about a facility by talking to the residents and staff, so try talking to as many residents and staff members as possible. Check online for reviews, as well as the word “complaints” in connection with the facility’s name. The Better Business Bureau and Yelp are two good places to start.
Review all contracts thoroughly and consider consulting with an Elder Law Attorney before you sign any documents. Your care and your well-being will be in the hands of the facility – so it is important to do everything possible to be certain that you are in good hands!
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